Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Large airport Patna’s necessity: CM

Patna: Chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said all necessary steps would be taken for expansion of Jayaprakash Narayan International (JPNI) airport here in order to ensure operation of large number of flights.

Nitish made the statement while inspecting the progress of work on expansion of the terminal building at the city airport. Airport director Bhupendra Singh Negi informed the CM in details about the master plan of the airport’s expansion scheme.

The CM said he had come to the airport to seek information about the ongoing works under the expansion plan. “I had visited the airport and inspected expansion work earlier also. When a proposal came for inspection on Monday night, I decided to come here again,” Nitish told reporters after completing his inspection.

The expansion work at Patna airport had commenced last year and it is targeted to be completed by March 2023. The new terminal building, to be spread over 7,00,000sq feet, is being developed by Airports Authority of India with an estimated expenditure of Rs 1,216.90 crore.

The new terminal building will have separate departure (upper) and arrival (lower) levels. The parking would be connected with the departure level of the new terminal building through a link bridge for pedestrian movement. It is also proposed to have six aerobridges as per the original design for expansion of the terminal building.

According to sources, more than 50% work on several auxiliary buildings, including cargo complex, technical block, fire station, air traffic control tower and multi-level car parking has been completed.

16/12/20 Times of India

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